Forman Fund at TPF offers $40k grants for youth programs

The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund -- a Designated Fund of Philadelphia Foundation -- is pleased to announce the availability of grants to support Greater Philadelphia nonprofits serving young people aged 11 to 18 that offer in-school or out-of-school-time programs which provide training, education and exposure to photography, architectural drawing and architecture or the written arts.

Up to 10 grants of no more than $40,000 each will be awarded annually.

The fund was established through the estate of Nessa R. Forman, former V.P. for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at WHYY and former Arts and Leisure Editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin. She was a passionate advocate for arts education.

Nonprofit Eligibility

The Forman Family Fund has the following criteria for grant eligibility by nonprofit organizations:

  • The organization is located in and/or serves constituents within the five-county Greater Philadelphia region.
  • The organization has been certified as tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or is collaborating with an experienced fiscal sponsor with a 501(c) (3) IRS exemption.
  • The organization is not a private foundation.
  • If the organization is a religious institution, it may only apply for nonsectarian activities.
  • The organization has adopted a nondiscrimination policy including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other legal protected characteristics.

Program Requirements

The programs that will be funded must:

  • Be open to all young people ages 11 to 18.
  • Be curriculum-based and at least one semester in length (with a preference for year-long programs)
  • Have been operating for at least two years with a proven track record.
  • Be focused on written arts or in the specific visual arts of photography, architecture, or architectural drawing.

Learn more about the grant including the types of projects funded here.

Application Procedure

The application  must be submitted electronically. To submit, please complete the online Application Form by selecting "apply", creating an account and responding to the questions provided.


Must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 17, 2021.

For all questions, please email here.